The remaining members of the Provisional Government met in the Winter Palace and were still there when armed Bolshevik supporters entered the Palace. The Socialist Revolutionaries received the most votes but they were not a fully united party. They were split between the left Socialist Revolutionaries who supported Lenin and joined him in forming a coalition government and the moderate Socialist Revolutionaries led by Viktor Chernov.
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May Learn how and when to remove this template message Prior to the enactment of the Russian constitution, the Russian Empire had been an absolute monarchy, ruled by an autocratic emperor, who was commonly referred to by his pre-imperial title of "Tsar".
These laws could be altered or repealed by the emperor.
However, the autocratic Tsars were generally limited by two constraints: Beyond that, the power of the Russian emperor was virtually limitless. Although a Boyar Duma had existed in Russia from Muscovite times until the rule of Peter Iit was an advisory institution, without legislative prerogatives.
Peter abolished this organ inreplacing it with the Governing Senate. This body consisted of nine later ten members, and was intended to oversee administration of the empire, under the direction of an Ober-Procuratorappointed as were all members of this body by the sovereign.
The emperor might submit draft decree proposals to this committee for their deliberation and recommendations, but he was not bound to do so, nor was he required to accept their advice, once tendered.
In later years, the Governing Senate took on an important role in administration and law, and by the late nineteenth century it had evolved into the highest judicial organ in Russia, with all officials and legal institutions under its control. Its decisions as to interpretation of the legal code, unless countermanded by the Tsar, were seen as absolutely authoritative.
However, the Senate still remained at all times under the monarch's direct control: As such, the Ruling Senate was never considered to be a "parliament" in the modern sense. Painting by Ilya Repin. Various proposals for reform emerged during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: Alexander I formed a Privy Committee to investigate introducing a parliament and ministerial system; the latter was eventually introduced, but the former foundered due to the Napoleonic Wars and opposition from conservative members of the nobility.
Alexander did establish a State Councilwith 35—later 60—members, whose major duty was the investigation, promulgation and abrogation of laws. Its four departments were: Each department had its own presiding officer called a State Secretary and met separately to discuss matters assigned to it.
There were also plenary sessions of the whole Council, called to peruse laws proposed by the Tsar's ministers, who were ex-officio members. While most sessions concerned the budget and state expenditures, the Council would examine anything submitted to it. It had no authority to propose changes to existing laws, nor to investigate anything not initiated by the Tsar.
Decision-making authority rested with the emperor, who appointed and dismissed members of the Council. Alexander's nephew Alexander II entertained reformist ideas, culminating in a project initiated by Count Mikhail Loris-Melikovwho had been appointed his Minister of Interior in August One of these proposals would have established two Imperial commissions, to be populated by indirectly elected members, who would advise the Emperor on further reforms.
Alexander's assassinationon the very day he intended to sign this proposal into law, effectively killed all mention of legislative reform in Russia—as the murdered Tsar's son, Alexander IIIinsisted upon preserving the autocracy intact.
Nicholas II, who succeeded his father inwas also committed to maintain absolute monarchy, even in the face of ever-increasing calls for reform, peasant unrest, and the rise of revolutionary organizations within his empire.
When reforms became inevitable, Nicholas would insist upon retaining as much of his previous authority as possible. For instance, faced with demands from municipal and provincial dumas for the establishment of a national legislative assembly, Nicholas offered only a broadening of the local councils' authority, insurance for factory workers, and the abolition of censorship.Leon Trotsky was a communist theorist and Soviet politician.
He played a key role in the Russian Revolution of During this time, Trotsky directed the Soviet military forces. He later served as the Soviet commissar of foreign affairs (–18) and of war (–24). IB history - Russia.
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For Soviet historians, the reform era is a watershed marking the transition from feudalism to capitalism. To what extent did Russia undergo economic and political reform in the years ?
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